27 days in Queensland, Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

27 days in Queensland, Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

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27 days in Queensland, Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  28​h
Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  1​h 45​min
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
Townsville
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 45​min
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  6​h 15​min
Melbourne
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  6​h
Noosa
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  5​h 15​min
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: Toronto

2
nights
Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation ©
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
Take a break from the city and head to Daintree National Park and Myall Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cow Bay Beach and Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Cape Tribulation road trip site .

Toronto, Canada to Cape Tribulation is an approximately 28-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Toronto to Cape Tribulation. In August in Cape Tribulation, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Cow Bay Beach
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park

4
nights
Port Douglas

Port Douglas ©
A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
Get outdoors at Agincourt Reef and Shaolin Port Douglas. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mossman Gorge and Spas & Wellness. Spend the 13th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Port Douglas driving holiday tool .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas in 2 hours. August in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Wildlife, #Outdoors, #Tours

Side Trips

Shaolin Junk Cruises, Mossman Gorge
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Shaolin Junk Cruises ©
Shaolin Junk Cruises
Scuba & Snorkeling
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef

3
nights
Cairns

A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Trinity Beach and Bones and Jones. Escape the urban bustle at Palm Cove Beach and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Spend the 14th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's more to do: get interesting insight from Tours.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Cairns online visit planner .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. August in Cairns sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

2
nights
Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): deepen your understanding at Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium, enjoy the sand and surf at The Strand, and then take in the pleasant sights at Castle Hill. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Billabong Sanctuary.

To see ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Townsville trip maker website .

Fly from Cairns to Townsville in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Townsville are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife
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The Strand ©
The Strand
Castle Hill
Castle Hill
Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary

3
nights
Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach ©
Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon, then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. On the 21st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: choose your vessel at Charter Yachts Australia and then trek along Whitsunday Great Walk.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Airlie Beach online trip builder .

Take a bus from Townsville to Airlie Beach in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from Townsville in August, plan for slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Airlie Beach: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure
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Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Kayaking & Canoeing
Charter Yachts Australia ©
Charter Yachts Australia

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like St. Kilda Beach and Federation Square. Do some cultural sightseeing at National Gallery of Victoria and Royal Exhibition Building. There's more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens and brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance.

For maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne tour planning site .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Melbourne in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. When traveling from Airlie Beach in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Melbourne, with highs around 16°C, while nights are much colder with lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Museums, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance

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Noosa

Noosa
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Noosa National Park and then get great views at Laguna Lookout. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Mooloolaba Beach, then kick back and relax at Kings Beach, and then enjoy the sea views from Caloundra Lighthouses.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Noosa trip itinerary site .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Melbourne to Noosa in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, train, and bus; or drive. On the 28th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Noosa

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Kings Beach, Mooloolaba Beach, Caloundra Lighthouses
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Noosa National Park
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

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nights
Sydney

Sydney ©
Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sydney Opera House and Darling Harbour. Take a break from the city and head to Bondi Beach and Jenolan Caves. There's lots more to do: stroll through Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, contemplate the long history of Elizabeth Bay House, and trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Noosa to Sydney takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Sydney are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. On the 1st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

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Jenolan Caves
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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